Essay about Video Analysis on 'the Long Walk Home'

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Sociology Midterm - Video Analysis

1. Summary: The film I chose for this analysis is The Long Walk Home, directed by Richard Pearce. This film is about Odessa, an African-American maid in the Thompson family’s household in Montgomery, Alabama in the 1950s. On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks ‘refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake’s order to give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled.’ Ms. Parks was arrested and there followed the Montgomery Bus Boycott when the entire African-American population refused to ride any of the city buses. Odessa supports the bus boycott and starts walking to work. Miriam Thompson finds herself in the midst of the civil rights revolution when she
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The African-Americans, in contrast, want an end to segregation on the buses, in hospitals, schools and society as a whole. There is also symbolic interactionist perspective seen in this film. The mob scene at the end with the white men intimidating and scaring the carpool group shows directly the prejudice of the whites toward African-Americans. Last, the conflict perspective is also represented in The Long Walk Home. This perspective views groups in society as engaged in a continuous power struggle for control of scarce resources. This is represented in one scene of the movie where the Thompson’s are having Christmas dinner with their extended family. They sit around the table discussing the ‘coloreds’ moving in to ‘their’ neighborhood; how no one will be safe and the days of not locking your door would be over.
3. Application of Relevant Concepts and/or Theories: Stereotyping, discrimination and racism are all present in The Long Walk Home. At Christmas dinner, which was cooked by Odessa, one of Mr. Thompson’s aunts stereotype the African-American maids by saying how ‘lazy the coloreds are.’ She commented they would only do what was necessary and would go no further. In the next scene we see Odessa walking miles home all the way across town. In this movie, the subordinate group are the whites and the subordinate group are the African-Americans. You are continually reminded of the class or group separation by

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